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Information Literacy Tools @ Pitt: Classroom Tools

This guide takes an advanced look at integrating information literacy into library instruction sessions for students.

What are IL Tools?

Information literacy tools are the variety of technologies (and pedagogical methods) that can be employed to promote research competence.

Technology Ideas

  • Wikis and blogs (Blogger, Wordpress, Tumblr)
  • YouTube
  • de.lic.ious
  • Mendeley/Endnote/Zotero
  • Google Docs
  • Smart phones/iPhone
  • iPods
  • Podcasts
  • Gaming/Second Life
  • Screen capture: Jing, Captivate, Viewlet
  • Browser add-ons
  • Flickr
  • Social networking (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest)
  • Texting

PowerPoints and Documents

The information in this guide is based on information in a series of presentations and documents associated with an Information Literacy Workshop presented by the ULS Information Literacy and Assessment Working Group.

Clickers: Classroom Response System (CRS)

  • Used to engage students, assess performance, graded tests/assignments
  • Action sequence
    • Instructor poses a question to students
    • Each student submits an answer to the question using a handheld transmitter or "clicker"
    • Software on the teacher's computer collects the students' answers and produces a graph or chart showing distribution of answers
    • Teacher can make instructional choices in response to the chart of answers
  • Types of questions
    • Multiple choice, true/false, yes/no, Likert
    • Summative assessment - graded activities like quizzes or tests
    • Formative assessment - questions that provide real-time information about student learning
    • Discussion warm-up - posing a question, giving students time to think about it and record their answers
    • Peer discussion - students answer first, then discuss in pairs, and then answer again after a discussion

Pros Cons
  • Student engagement
  • Learning curve for instructor
  • Anonymous participation for shy students
  • Time
  • Assess student understanding during class
  • Writing good questions takes practice
  • Take attendance and to rapidly grade in-class quizzes

Video Gaming for Information Literacy

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